'Transporter' Producer Luc Besson Partners With French Comic Publisher

Luc BessonIt looks like funnybooks are continuing their trek for global entertainment domination, as Variety has reported that French director/producer Luc Besson (he of "The Fifth Element," "Leon: The Professional," and the "Transporter" series fame) has formed a partnership with French comics/manga publisher Editions Glenat to form a new media company called Europa-Glenat.

According to Variety, Europa-Glenat will share TV and film adaptation rights to Glenat's property in a 50/50 split. While Glenat's extensive library may not include any recognizable titles to the American audience, they do hold publishing rights to several big-name manga franchises, including "Bleach" and "One Piece."

Besson's production unit, EuropaCorp, is the latest entertainment company to look to French comics as a source of potential film and television properties, joining the likes of Warner Bros. who recently acquired the rights to the three-part French graphic novel series, "Headshot" by Alexis Nolent.

Think that European comics are the way to go for future comic book films and TV series? Or do you prefer your comic flicks to be born in the good ol' U. S. of A.? Talk about it in the comments.